Police Chief Mark Kessler in Gilberton, Pennsylvania is about to be fired by the Gilberton City Council following Kessler’s posting of several videos online, according to a Huffington Post report on Thursday evening. The small town of fewer than one-thousand people is without an active police chief – the only full-time employee on the force – at the moment, as the city’s officials have suspended him from duty.
Somewhat Ted Nugent-esque, Kessler is pro-guns, anti-liberal, and is gaining popularity for his opinions – and vulgarity-ridden videos. Kessler likes to use a lot of bad words when expressing himself. He also has a penchant for pausing from his vocal deliveries in his videos to take time to shoot guns.
While Kessler believes he is being shown the exit due to his profanity-laced opinions expressed in his videos, the city officials claim otherwise. Allegedly, Kessler improperly bought discount tires for his personal vehicle using a state-administered program, failed to turn in required crime data, and – possibly worst of all – made some derogatory remarks about the city officials, says Joseph Nahas – Kessler’s lawyer.
Nahas suggested to reporters that the only real reason Kessler is being let go is because of the videos and that the rest of the charges are basically fabricated.
Kessler - reportedly a gun rights activist who is in the process of organizing an armed, non-governmental group – says that he only has exercised his constitutional rights in the videos. He also says that he has been an excellent police chief and has committed no crimes whatsoever.
Kessler has the right to request a public hearing – which his attorney says he will definitely do – and then a final vote will be taken as to whether Kessler should be put out of his job or not.
Kessler asserts that his message in the videos was to wake up the people who are independents and to say that people have had enough and something needs to change – not only in his small town, but across the nation – because it’s a mess.
Kessler also solicited for donations to help him and his family because he is on unpaid suspension at this time. In terms of the vulgarity in his videos, he says that it’s his right to express himself as he chooses.